CLevar (373) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Hopper. Pour is a very hazy copper cold, with a lasting billowing white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing. Kinda muddy looking with lots of carbonation. Aroma is quite nice: lots of white fruit, light pepper, slightly burnt white sugar, cool mix of phenolics and floral sweetness. Slightly grassy and herbal/bitter green veggies. I actually really dig this aroma, which opens up to a bit more smoke it warms. Unfortunately, the taste really falls flat. Starts with muddled smokiness, moving to flat metallic tones. Fruit and pepper present in the nose just doesnít come through. Too bad. Slightly thin. Just ok.
EDIT: OK as this warms up closer to room temp, the body fills out a bit more, and the pepper and stone fruit is back. Still not great, but not as off as when cold.
daknole (7205) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yellow pour, white head Odd beer. The smoked wood seems at odd with the saison yeast, a bit vegetal. Not my style.
Ratman197 (7633) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye (thanks Markus) poured a clear gold with a large lasting white head. Aromas of citrus, straw, smoke and fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of smoke, straw, light fruittiness and a hint of spice with a smooth lingering fruity smokey finish.
dnstone (1986) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep golden in color with a light haze and soft, well-developed white head. Fruity aroma; pineapple and banana with a light smoke. A light maltiness but with those pineapple and banana notes, some spice and smoke as well.
pushkinwow (1339) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle in a local bottle exchange. Make sure to pour this fairly quickly once you open it - didnít gush but did make its way slowly out of the bottle. Cloudy pale orange with a creamy white head. Partially dried lemon peel (think of when you zest a lemon and then leave it out on the counter for a day), light spice and yeast, almost a bit of wheat. High carbonation, moderate but fresh body, pepper with yeast and most lemon zest. Becomes a little dry, lots of flavour on the finish. Becomes better at the end for sure.
Fratto (2328) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Fossil Creek Liquors. Light, hazy pour with a big white head. Aroma is lemons, yeast, and dust. Taste is tart and about the same.
Cavie (3382) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy pikapp327. Pours a murky yellow gold color with a white foamy head. Aroma is slightly zesty with lemon notes. Flavor is zesty, dry, citrus and even more dry on the finish.
cwsample (85) - Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy gold color with a thin bubbly head. Tastes a little sour, VERY carbonated.
ansermadide (1200) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aged 5 months (bottled July 18, 2012, batch 001): I had a few first impressions just from pouring this into my glass, two leading to the third (conclusion) that the yeast was still happy and had some remaining sugars to chew on before the beer went into the bottle. Even after keeping this in the cellar and away from room temperature, this still managed to become and remain highly carbonated. Its bright-white head is extremely airy. Thereís also about 3 ounces of thick yeast at the bottom of the bottle, so unless you like to chew your beer youíre going to end up with a short-poured glass. I went the middle of the road and left about 2 ounces in the bottle, still giving myself plenty of thick, caked yeast sediment to float around in my glass. Maybe Iíll let it settle.
Iíll give it this... itís definitely a very well-nosed saison. Yum! It initially pours a somewhat clear and shiny pale orange color, but as yeast sediment from the bottom of the bottle gets loose it becomes somewhat opaque. Its thick, airy bright white head eventually settles to a thin film atop the beer, leaving light lacing. It has a pleasantly spiced and fruity nose with only a hint of yeast. It almost smells like leather. Once in the mouth it seems less like a saison and more like a meaty fruit beer, with definite apple and the subtle smoothness of wood carrying the fruitiness into the dry, estery finish of a hard apple cider. Yes, this would be great in the summer. I, of course, had to wait until the early winter (the first full moon after the winter solstice) to drink this. Even still, itís good any time of the year.
Mora2000 (4048) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer pours a slightly hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma has some strong yeast notes, as well as some wheat, biscuit malt and a hint of smoke. The flavor is a little different. I get some nice apricot and spelt notes, as well as some yeast and wheat. There was also some spice like I expect in saisons. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer was showing no signs of infection.
Dixonian (1478) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dull golden pour with some white head. Nose of fruit, funky yeast, fruit - flavor is spicy and fruity.